OGDEN, N.Y. — A local family is trying to recover from a crash on Tuesday that left a newborn baby dead and an Ogden woman in critical condition.
"It still doesn't feel real to me. It feels like a dream that I need to wake from," said Roberto Resto.
His wife Julia was involved in a crash Tuesday at the intersection of Buffalo Road and Stony Point Road in Ogden with an alleged impaired driver.
She was pregnant at the time, but the baby, Azaria Rose, did not survive following an emergency delivery.
"It was heartbreaking. I just held her for hours and just hoped that she would open her eyes and give me a sign, breathe, something, but she was already gone," Resto recalled.
Resto says he also had the opportunity to see Julia in the hospital on Sunday.
"We are 90% sure at this point compared to where she was on Tuesday and Wednesday. The operation went nice and smooth," said Resto.
Knowing that there is a long road to recovery for the Resto family, Julia's sister, Amy Rothfuss helped start a GoFundMe page for them.
"She's going to need a lot of care and we are just trying to make sure that this family does not have to worry about anything for a while except taking care of Julia and getting her back to where to she needs to be," said Rothfuss.
Roberto says he hopes Andrew Reardon, the other driver who was cited for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign-controlled intersection, turning improperly, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, understands the pain he has caused.
"I ask God to forgive that guy and it's going to be very hard to get out of this and he needs to at least pay for what he did," said Resto.
Reardon is expected back in Ogden Town Court on Monday afternoon.
Local police say additional charges are pending.